Case Conclusion Date: January 1, 2008
Practice Area: Car / Auto Accident
Outcome: Settled for Maximum Policy Limits
Description: On October 9, 2008, Ms. Hercules was driving her 2002 Ford Explorer in a northeast direction on Cruse Road in Gwinnett County, Georgia in a prudent and safe manner. Following proper safety rules, Ms. Hercules brought her vehicle to a complete stop for traffic on the roadway. At or about that time, a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Mr. Cruz, was traveling directly behind the vehicle operated by Ms. Hercules. Mr. Cruz failed to stop his vehicle and violently collided into the rear of the vehicle operated by Ms. Hercules. The impact of this collision was so severe that Mr. Hercules vehicle was pushed forward, causing her to strike a vehicle which had stopped directly ahead of her. The motor vehicle accident of October 9, 2008, precipitated by the indisputable negligence of Mr. Cruz, caused multiple injuries to Ms. Hercules which compelled her to undergo extensive and invasive medical care. Among these injuries, she suffered substantial damage to her cervical and lumbar spine. All conservative treatment options were exhausted to remedy the cervical and lumbar injuries, and it became evident that surgical intervention was required to resolve Ms. Hercules’ ongoing symptoms. In this regard, Ms. Hercules’ treating orthopedic physician, Dr. Murray Robinson, requested that she undergo a three level discogram in order to isolate the source of her spinal pain. Following this course of care, it was almost certain that Ms. Hercules would be compelled to undergo either a discectomy or fusion procedure.